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Planet Parade today! Why it might be a little bit of a let down.

Jun 3, 2024, 6:33 AM | Updated: 10:48 am

(Photo by ESO/Getty Images)

(Photo by ESO/Getty Images)

Denver – Today is the start of an amazing parade. It’s a “Planet Parade”!

Five planets — Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Uranus and Mars — will line up near the moon. The only problem is that you won’t be able to see all of them.

The best day to catch the whole group is Tuesday. You’ll want to look to the western horizon right after sunset, said NASA astronomer Bill Cooke. The planets will stretch from the horizon line to around halfway up the night sky. But don’t be late: Mercury and Jupiter will quickly dip below the horizon around half an hour after sunset.

The five-planet spread can be seen from anywhere on Earth, as long as you have clear skies and a view of the west, which we do in Colorado.

So do we need binoculars? Maybe. Jupiter, Venus and Mars will all be pretty easy to see since they shine brightly. Venus will be one of the brightest things in the sky, and Mars will be hanging out near the moon with a reddish glow. Mercury and Uranus could be trickier to spot, since they will be dimmer. You’ll probably need to grab a pair of binoculars for them.

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